Story and photos by Jim McIntyre, American Red Cross
Sherwin-Williams workers make some of the best paint on the planet. And while the color palette is vast, it was good ol’ red, white and blue that kept more than two dozen SW employees busy on Friday, June 14. They planted more than 3,000 U. S. flags on the campus of the Cleveland VA Medical Center to commemorate Flag Day 2019.
Red Cross volunteers joined the Sherwin-Williams workers for the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System’s 2019 Flag Day Walk and Roll.
“We planted the flags to recognize the great work and the people who have supported our country and served over the years for us,” said Sean Osysko, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Sherwin-Williams. “We’ve been around for 153 years and this is our opportunity to get out into the community and give back. It’s just what we do.”
After planting the flags in the morning, they walked alongside veterans being treated at the Medical Center, who were happy to be out in the sunshine and moderate temperatures. Those veterans who were unable to walk were pushed along in wheelchairs.
“This is just one of the many ways we serve our veterans, active military members and their families,” said Jessica Tischler, Regional Program Manager for Service to the Armed Forces in Northeast Ohio. “Here at the VA Medical Center, we serve coffee out of a mobile cart, we provide a phone battery charging station, and we offer resiliency workshops.”
VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System Director Sue Fuehrer, a member of the Board of Directors for the Red Cross Greater Cleveland Chapter, thanked the Sherwin-Williams employees and the Red Cross volunteers for their efforts. Afterwards, they enjoyed cake decorated like the Stars and Stripes – wishing Old Glory a happy 242nd birthday.
For more photos from the 2019 VA Flag Day Walk and Roll, visit our Flickr album here.
For more information about volunteer opportunities to help our nation’s veterans, active military members and their families, visit us here.